- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 14, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants “black people to be in the back of the bus again,” Rep. Luis Gutierrez told a crowd of progressives Wednesday at the We The People Summit in Washington.

“Sessions, he’d just love for black people to be in the back of the bus again. He’d love for women to be in the kitchen. He’d love for gay people to be in the closet again, and for me, not to have a microphone to be able to speak to anyone,” Mr. Gutierrez declared.

The Illinois Democrat later told CNN’s “Erin Burnett Out Front” that he “absolutely” stood by his claim.

“I believe every last thing I said,” he said.

“This is a man that, when he came before the Senate to try to become a federal judge, Coretta Scott King came forward. There were all kinds of testimonies about him calling black men boys,” he continued. “This is a man who is trying to strip black people, as a U.S. senator, from their voting rights and diminish their voting rights.

“This is a man that works for Donald Trump,” he added. “We know where he’s at.”

Mr. Gutierrez acknowledged Mr. Sessions’ role in the prosecution of an Alabama Ku Klux Klan leader in the 1981 murder of a black teenager, but said “one good thing” didn’t make up for the attorney general’s history of purported misdeeds.

“I look at the man today,” he said. “The man today is trying to undermine voting rights — voting rights in which black people in this country sacrificed their lives so we could have a Voting Rights Act, a Civil Rights Act. Sometimes people do one good thing, but that’s not really their record or their history of who they are. Look at who Jeff Sessions is today.”

The Justice Department declined to comment on Mr. Gutierrez’s remarks, CNN reported.

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